Sunday Best, BET’s Gospel singing competition show wrapped up its eighth and final season by bringing back the stars from the previous seasons and ending with a LIVE Finale that took place on Aug 30. TV Tech has been a part of the show since 2011, providing technical management services and technical support throughout each taping. The season finale was the first live finale and was extremely successful. TV Tech staffed & managed the technical positions of the show, managed equipment, vendors, and technically engineered the show for live broadcast. Altogether, working on Sunday Best over the last several years has been an awesome experience for the TV Tech Team, and the live finale was an exciting way for the series to come to a close.
Spring 2015 was a busy one for TV Tech Managers! From TIDAL events all over the country, to award shows like the BET and Peabody Awards, to massive network Upfronts, to corporate events in Chicago, Miami, Orlando (twice!), and Atlanta, the TV Tech crew successfully completed 32 shows from March 1 – July 1. Check out the posts below, starting with That Metal Show, to see a few of the highlights of what the TV Tech team has accomplished this Spring.
A unique project for TV Tech Managers this Spring that took us to Orlando, FL; Kissimmee, FL; and Atlanta, GA was a series of Deloitte corporate conferences. But instead of treating each one individually, TV Tech was hired by MJM Creative Services to approach the run of shows as a whole. TV Tech planned, prepped and packaged all the equipment needed for each show onto one truck that went from location to location. We also provided the core technical team that traveled to each location and worked together to handle all of the technical needs of each individual conference. With the hard work of everyone involved, the corporate tour model proved successful.
The Peabody Awards took place on May 31, 2015 at the upscale Cipriani Wall Street, a historic New York City landmark. Hosted by Fred Armisen, the Peabody’s honor leaders in media and journalism, and a wide array of talent spanning those industries were in attendance. During the pre-production process, TV Tech hired a technical crew whose skill set matched the unique needs of this specific production, sourced equipment from a variety of vendors, and played a big role in the technical design of the show. On-site, TV Tech managed the technical show crew who worked as a coherent unit to quickly problem solve and ensure that the 75th Annual Peabody Awards were a big success.
The NBCUniversal Upfront once again took place at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Like last year, TV Tech was responsible for hiring the technical team, negotiating and managing union labor, location management, budgeting, contracting vendors, technical show design, and on-site management. We also oversaw the structural and technical design of the after party space, which featured a performance by DJ Quest Love. However this year, instead of building an LED wall, TV Tech managed a massive projection screen project that took months of careful planning, and involved many different parties, including screens control, video, scenic, and fabric vendors, all of whom came together to execute the project successfully and create an immersive projection experience.
In March, TV Tech partnered with DPS to help launch Jay Z’s new acquisition of TIDAL, the high fidelity streaming platform. Since then, TV Tech has played a major role in multiple live streaming events all over the nation, from Los Angeles, to San Francisco, to Fargo, to Atlanta with many more exciting locations coming up. Each event has featured well-known performers from Jack White to Jason Aldean to Jay Z himself. TV Tech worked closely with All Mobile Video to strategize and technically produce every TIDAL live stream event since March, including managing both the live production as well as the transmission component. Additionally, by tapping into our nationwide connections we were also able to source and manage a local technical crew in each city. By utilizing AMV’s worldwide transmission services and our industry relationships and live streaming expertise, we have successfully been able to bring multiple live events each month to TIDAL’s state-of-the-art streaming platform.